5 slices ginger or 1 teaspoon dried ginger with hot water (42 degree Celsius)Our feet are very important for health maintenance. And according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners, “Simple soaking can be surprisingly effective”.

Six meridians (liver, gallbladder, kidney, spleen and stomach) reach the feet, with each having more than 60 acupuncture points. In other words, the feet have points that correspond to many parts of the body and the organs.

Soaking them in hot water activates blood and energy throughout the body. In herbal foot baths, the skin absorbs the healing elements then these elements, then, travels through energy channels to targeted points. Soaking until there’s a sweat can relieve symptoms of cold, flu and menstrual cramps.

Herbal soaks can be beneficial to those with chronic stomach inflammation, high blood pressure and stroke.

Ideally, the feet should be soaked once a day in a relatively deep basin, more than 15 centimeters deep, so the calves can be soaked as well. Start with hot water (about 42 degree Celsius), as the water cools, keep adding hot water to keep up the temperature.

When you start to break a sweat, remove your feet. A little sweating is a good sign of unblocked energy channels, yet too much sweating isn’t ideal as it consumes too much energy. Healthy people usually start to sweat after around 20 minutes of soaking; it may take longer for those with energy-flow problems. If you don’t sweat in 40 minutes, stop and try again the next day.

And remember:

  • It’s best to soak feet before going to bed. This will help you stay warm and get a good night rest.
  • Don’t soak an hour before or an hour after meals.
  • Don’t soak after consuming alcohol or when feeling fatigued.